Traditional methods of job searching, such as newspapers and trade journals can be just as effective. The wider your job search, the more chance you have of finding a job.
- Newspapers - local and national. You can find jobs advertised in a wide range of publications from national daily papers such as The Times and The Mirror, to local and regional daily or weekly papers. Your local library will often have copies of all the latest newspapers for you to use. You will also find regional and national jobs only papers. Ask your local newsagent to find out which papers are available in your area.
- Professional or specialist journals - Jobs are also advertised in journals or trade magazines for specific areas of work.
Hidden Jobs MarketOnly around 40% of jobs are advertised. That means that the majority of jobs are filled without advertising this could be by word of mouth or by networking.
What is networking? - Networking can simply be the passing on of information. You network every day, whether you realise it or not. When speaking to a friend you might recommend a film, a hairdresser etc. so why not apply this to your job searching. It is quite natural to be a little anxious about networking if you've never done it before. But take an organised approach and try following these steps.
Why are so many vacancies unadvertised? - Advertising is expensive. It takes a lot of time to sort through application forms and CVs, and interview candidates. Employers can get around this by promoting from within the organisation or by employing people who have approached them directly. Some organisations actively encourage their staff to refer friends with suitable skills.
- Make a list of who you know – including what position they hold and who they might know.
- Identify existing networks – check out industry conferences, events and forums. Join business networking sites such as LinkedIn. Look for relevant groups and organisations on social networking sites including Facebook
- Plan your approach – if you're networking by phone or at a jobs fair, have a clear idea of who you want to talk to, why you are interested in the organisation and why you're approaching them.
- Know your stuff – when approaching an organisation, be sure to research what it does and what your contact's role is.
- What if networking doesn't come naturally to me? - At first you might feel a little uncomfortable with the idea of making contacts to 'get something from them'. Try to look at networking as a two-way process. You can offer your skills and abilities in return for support and information.